A Finding Aid to the Castelli Graphics Records, 1965-2001, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.castgrap
Creators:
Castelli Graphics (Firm)
Dates:
1965-2001
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
45.7 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of Castelli Graphics measure 45.7 linear feet and date from 1965 to 2001. Administrative files, correspondence, exhibition and project files, artists' files, financial and legal records, inventory and stock records, printed materials, and photographic materials document the activities of the New York art gallery and publishing firm founded by Antoinette Castelli.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of Castelli Graphics measure 45.7 linear feet and date from 1965 to 2001. Administrative files, correspondence, exhibition and project files, artists' files, financial and legal records, inventory and stock records, printed materials, and photographic materials document the activities of the New York art gallery and publishing firm founded by Antoinette Castelli.
Administrative files include documents about the gallery's history, three appointment books, floor plans, mailing lists, notes, and advertising plans. Correspondence is with artists, dealers and collectors, and others. Exhibition and project files document exhibitions of artwork by Eve Arnold, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Roy Lichtenstein, Mary Ellen Mark, Hans Namuth, Frank Stella, and Jasper Johns, and many others, as well as, records of a book project and sales promotion projects.
Artists' files are for Lewis Baltz, James Brown, Robert Cumming, Ralph Gibson, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Client and collector files include business records for individual clients and organizations.
A few legal files, appraisals, check stubs, consignment and loan documents, invoices, royalty statements, and ledgers are in financial and legal records. Inventory and stock records contain inventory, exhibition, and sales lists. Printed materials include exhibition catalogs and announcements. Photographs and negatives are of exhibition installations and works of art. 3D negatives and snapshots are also included.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as nine series.
  • Series 1: Administrative Records, 1969-1997 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1979-1997 (3.0 linear feet; Boxes 2-5)
  • Series 3: Exhibition and Project Files, 1975-1997 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 5-6)
  • Series 4: Artists' Files, 1965-2001 (17.0 linear feet; Boxes 6-23, 47)
  • Series 5: Client and Collector Files, 1966-1997 (4.5 linear feet; Boxes 23-27)
  • Series 6: Financial and Legal Records, 1969-1997 (12.2 linear feet; Boxes 28-39, 47)
  • Series 7: Inventory and Stock Records, 1970-1995 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 39-41)
  • Series 8: Printed Materials, 1969-1997 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 41-42)
  • Series 9: Photographic Materials, circa 1970-circa 1993 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 42-46)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Castelli Graphics (est. 1969, closed 1997) was an art gallery and publishing firm in New York, NY.
The gallery was founded by Antoinette (Toiny) Castelli, wife of Leo Castelli, in 1969 and focused on prints and graphic arts. The gallery promoted prominent artists such as Richard Artschwager, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Eve Sonneman, Andy Warhol, and many others. After the death of Toiny in 1987, the gallery remained opened until 1997.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Kendra Jae and Sarah Mundy. A finding aid was prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2018.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Castelli Graphics records were donated in 2011 by Jean-Christophe Castelli, son of Leo and Antoinette Castelli.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Castelli Graphics records, 1965-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Leo Castelli Gallery Records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999, which include 16 linear feet of additional Castelli Graphics records.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publishers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arnold, Eve Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baltz, Lewis, 1945-2014 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castelli, Antoinette Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brown, James, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cumming, Robert, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gibson, Ralph, 1939- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johns, Jasper, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mark, Mary Ellen, 1940- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Namuth, Hans Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nauman, Bruce, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosenquist, James, 1933- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sonnier, Keith, 1941 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stella, Frank Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Warhol, Andy, 1928- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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